He joined Mt Colah in 1971/72 and went straight into A Grade where he played just on 400 games (undoubtedly the record for any player in the history of the Association).
He played Under 16s (Green Shield) with Northern District Cricket Club as a fast bowler. By the end of the 1999/00 season he had scored 7,220 runs at an average of 25.61 and taken 528 wickets at 17.81 but no less importantly he had taken 223 catches in the slips.
He ended up with around 8,000 runs and 600 wickets.
About 8 years ago he scored 174 runs in one match – the highest score made on Berowra Oval.
He played in ten A Grade premiership teams with Mt Colah.
He topped the A grade bowling averages in 1980/81 and the batting averages in 1982/83 – one of the very few to win both.
In 1975/76 he represented the NSW Junior Cricket Union Under 21 XI in the Interstate Carnival.
He has been a delegate from Mt Colah to the HKHDCA for about 15 years and has been the Organizing Secretary for 5 or 6 years (this is the person who co-ordinates all the schoolboy cricket on Saturday mornings).
His father, Jack, was Representative Secretary in the 1960s, his brother, Dennis, played First-Grade with Northern District Cricket Club. and his son, Neil, also now plays with Northern District.
He was elected as a life member of HKHDCA in July 2005.
He was involved in the construction of the Mount Colah Public School Cricket Nets.
He is well known and respected for his forthright opinions on anything to do with cricket.
The champion bowler from Mount Colah, who dominated A Grade for nearly twenty years. Off a short run, Bender bowled medium paced deliveries, that swung mainly in. He was extremely accurate and could bowl to his field for hours on end. He was well supported by a brilliant Mount Colah fielding team.